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Monthly Archives: December 2022

“For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” (Malachi 3:6) There is a solemn majesty in this declaration which the Lord makes concerning Himself: “I am the LORD, I change not.” If it was only a declaration of His divine sovereignty and majesty and no more, it would be of no benefit to us, but we have, you see, this declaration of divine sovereignty,… Read More

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5) They that trust in the LORD can never be removed from His heart’s love, nor out of the covenant of His grace, which is sure and everlasting; nor out of His family, into which they are taken. They can never be removed from the Lord Jesus Christ, nor out of His hands and arms, nor… Read More

“Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.” (Hosea 4:17) In these words, there is a word from God to the prophet and therefore a word from the prophet to the people of Judah. The tribes of Israel, here called Ephraim, after many words and rebukes, are likened by God to a stubborn cow that will not be restrained or bear the yoke. They obstinately persist in a backward course away from… Read More

“For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the Name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.” (Micah 4:5) The first three chapters in this prophecy are occupied by God in solemn declarations of the iniquities of Jacob and threatenings. Whenever God will show mercy He puts sin first. Sooner or later every one to whom life and grace come… Read More

“For such an high priest became us…” (Hebrews 7:26)  The salvation of God in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only salvation for such a one as myself. Others may think they find a lesser one that is sufficient for them but not me. This salvation which is in Christ who is the Wisdom of God is suited for both God and me. It satisfies God in what He requires, and if… Read More

When God is exceedingly displeased with a people, it is not necessary, in order to their punishment, that He should bury them alive by an earthquake, or destroy them by lightning. If He only leave them to themselves, withdraw His blessings from their counsels, and His restraint from their passions, their ruin follows of course, according to the necessary order and connection of causes and effects. If God gives up a people… Read More

Never was there a time in which a bold stand for the distinguishing doctrines of grace was more needed than now; for while Popery is rapidly spreading, and infidelity growing, what is called “the religious world” is contenting itself with the shell of Christianity, to the almost entire neglect of the kernel; yea, in instances, not a few, to the despising of the kernel, as if it were a dangerous, if not… Read More

“But he answered her not a word.” (Matthew 15:2) Mark, my soul, this feature in thy Redeemer’s conduct towards the poor woman that so long and so earnestly entreated him – “Jesus answered her not a word.” And yet, from the close of the subject, nothing can be more evident, than that the Lord had determined, not only to grant her petition, but to throw the reins of government, concerning herself, into… Read More

The good news from heaven to lost sinners, that glorious gospel of salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ, is not a message of God’s hopeful expectation to save, but of a salvation purposed and accomplished. It is not a message of Jesus Christ knocking at the door of the sinner’s heart, hoping to gain an entrance, but of His determination and ability to give a new heart to whom He will. It… Read More

Of late years there has been a very visible decline, and a night is coming on, which we are entered into; the shadows of the evening are stretching out apace upon us, and the signs of the eventide are very manifest, and will shortly appear yet more and more: coldness and indifference in spiritual things, a want of affection to God, Christ, His people, truths and ordinances, may easily be observed; the… Read More

“I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob, And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.” (Malachi 1:2-3) These words of God through the prophet Malachi are a reminder to us of the sovereignty of God’s grace. He can do with His own… Read More

The standard by which many in Christ’s day measured His claims and His doctrine was this: “Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him?” (John 7:48) It is the same today. There are always “the rulers.” The “fear of man brings a snare” and many are kept from believing the truth as it is in Christ Jesus because of this. Sometimes “the rulers” are old writers and theologians…. Read More

“We love him, because He first loved us.” (1st John 4:19) Almost everybody claims to love God. Surely the great number of folks associated in some way with religion do. But according to the word of God, the people of God love Him for a particular reason. “We love him, because he first loved us.” (1st John 4:19) Did you hear that? “Because He first loved us!” Yet most of these professing religionists do not know or either… Read More

“But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth” (2nd Thessalonians 2:13) There are three things here which deserve special attention. First, the fact that we are expressly told that God’s elect are “chosen to salvation.” Language could not be more explicit. How summarily do… Read More

“A peculiar people.”(1st Peter 2:9) The whole verse reads thus: “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” There is one little word contained in this verse which includes in it everything that is worthy of our desire. And with this little word, together with… Read More

The Apostle exorted us to “lay aside every weight and THE SIN which so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1). THE SIN he is talking about that doth so easily beset us is the sin of unbelief. Unbelief is the Mother of all sins. It is the ONE sin from which all sin derives its life. Every sin, every disobedience,… Read More

The Bible opens with these words, “In the beginning God…” Without explanation and without seeking to prove the existence of God, it declares God as the Creator and Originator of all things. The Gospel of John opens with a magnification of the same thought. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were… Read More

The LORD has heard all your grumblings against Him!” (Exodus 16:8) Does God really hear every discontented word which I ever speak? Does He hear when I grumble about the weather . . . about the hard winter, about the late spring, about the dry summer, about the wet harvest? Does He hear when I grumble about the frosts, about the drought, about the high winds, about the storms? Does He hear… Read More

“That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.” (1st Thessalonians 3:3) The abounding grace of God does not preclude trials and afflictions, but those who are the recipients of Divine grace have been “appointed thereunto.” Then let us not be dismayed or cast down by them, but seek grace to get them sanctified to us. Sufferings are necessary to the saints on various accounts…. Read More

“But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.” (Daniel 12:13) This promise was given to Daniel in his old age. He was taken captive at a very young age and carried into Babylon (Daniel 1:3-4). He served God faithfully for seventy years in captivity. All that Daniel put his hand to the LORD prospered him (Daniel 2:48;… Read More

“For the earth brings forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.” (Mark 4:28) Faith, I believe, has in it always a measure of assurance. For what is assurance? It is merely the larger growth and fuller development of faith. The nature of assurance is much misunderstood. It is often considered something distinct from faith. This is not the case. It is merely… Read More

“Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.” (1st John 2:22) Men are blinded by the great Deceiver into looking for some unmistakable figure to come into this world and be “the antichrist.” But even in John’s day he said there were “many antichrists.” Furthermore, he says all who deny the Father and the Son are antichrist! To deny the Father… Read More

“Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” (1st Corinthians 4:2) Each child of God has been given a gift or gifts by which he may serve the Master and be of use to the assembly. These gifts are called, “the manifold grace of God,” meaning that these gifts appear in many forms. We are stewards of these gifts; and, as stewards of these gifts, we are required… Read More

“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” (Acts 20:24) I often hear people saying that someone “has gone into the ministry” or that they have some kind of specific ministry. A minister is simply a servant…. Read More

Saving faith is a mysterious and wonderful thing, and also very rare. While it is true that all religious folks have some kind of faith, and some of them have much faith or great faith; yet there are very few who have saving faith. The one who has this precious, saving faith knows that his faith is a gift of God and that it came to him through the hearing of God’s… Read More

“The God of all grace,” transcends all human thought and conception. He is not the God of some of the grace we enjoy, but of all the grace we have experienced and shall experience, all the way home to glory. This sweeps out of our way all thought of human merit, creature effort, or man’s cooperation in the work of salvation. Satan would have us believe that God is gracious only while… Read More

“And ye are complete in Him.” (Colossians 2:10) This precious word was addressed to “the saints, and faithful brethren” (Colossians 1:2); for of them only could it be said, “And ye are complete in Him.” Paul and Timothy had heard of their faith in Christ, and of their love to the brethren (Colossians 1:4). But let it be observed, their faith in Christ Jesus, and their love to the brethren, was not… Read More

“As for Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall eat at my table, as one of the king’s sons.” (2nd Samuel 9:11) Mephibosheth is a type of every sinner saved by the grace of God in Christ. He was counted as one of the king’s sons, sits at his table and eats as one, enjoying all the benefits of the king’s grace and mercy. How we as believers rejoice as those who have… Read More

“He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves.” (Psalm 66:7) There are three things that are obvious in this verse. First, God rules. He rules over all things and all people. Whatever powers might exist on earth, they are subservient to God who rules alone. He does His will in the armies of heaven and among the inhabitants of earth and none… Read More

What is our motivation to serve the LORD? Most “churches” induce people to work for God with one of two methods (generally with a mixture of the two). [1] Threats of Punishment. Many preachers instill within their hearers a need to be faithful and serve God otherwise the LORD will lay heavy stripes upon them. By this tactic people are moved to activity by a fear of what God will do to… Read More

The scriptures plainly teach that God is the first cause of all things. He does according to His will in the armies of heaven and among the inhabitants of earth. He works all things after the counsel of His own will. He does all His pleasure, raising up and putting down, making rich and making poor, afflicting or healing….all things! As He does so, the responses and attitudes of men and women… Read More

Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?” (Ruth 2:10) My soul! dost thou not find continual causes for sending forth the same inquiry as this poor Moabitess did, when thou art receiving some renewed instance of Jesus’s favour? Her heart was overwhelmed with the kindness of Boaz, in permitting her to glean only in his fields, and to eat… Read More

“But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.” (Job 23:13) Some think they do God a favor or make Him more palatable to unregenerate men by setting forth the redeeming work of Christ as both universal and particular. They say things like, “His death was sufficient for all but efficient for the elect.” The design of the redemptive work of… Read More

“Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” (1st John 5:21) The apostle John, writing to the people of God who he describes as “little children,” says to them: “And we know that Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.”… Read More

“Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” (2nd Timothy 4:8) There is an old religious song (like most, full of the man centered, works salvation men love) that says, “If you’re fighting, striving for the right, You shall wear a robe and… Read More

The apostle Paul minces no words when he describes all who abandon and do not provide for their own households: “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel” (1st Timothy 5:8). What provisions are necessary for one’s family? There is of course the need for food, clothing and shelter; but there is much… Read More

Whenever I think of myself as standing on my own before God, my thoughts turn, not to righteousness and life, but to sin and death (Romans 7:9). However, as I think of myself as standing before this holy God, in Christ, I can sing from my heart, “Free from the law, Oh happy condition!” (Romans 7:1-4). You see, Christ has obeyed the law and satisfied God for me (Matthew 5:17-18; Romans 5:19). Now, in the eyes of God, Who appointed… Read More

“And of Joseph he said, Blessed of the LORD be his land, for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath.”(Deuteronomy 33:18) The word of God does not appear to contain a more solemnly pleasing history, as a history, than that of Joseph. And I have no doubt that every particle of it has a divine mystery in it, whether we can get into that… Read More

Paul speaks to wives and says, “Submit yourselves to your husbands.” This subjection is not only in body but in heart and spirit. Wives should love, think well of husbands, speak respectfully of them, and to them, take care of family matters according to the husband’s will, imitate him in that which is good, and bear patiently that which is not so agreeable. Paul adds, “As unto the Lord.” The Lord has… Read More

The Scripture Rule For Testing The Spirits That Are In The World. Preached by William Gadsby, on Sunday Evening, May 31st, 1840, in Gower Street Chapel, London. “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of… Read More

“Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.” (Romans 9:5) God sovereignly separated this Jewish nation from all others (Deutereonomy 7:6-8). From this nation God called out sinners like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and David and gave them faith in Christ. But still a much greater honor and exalted privilege was given to this nation, “Of whom as concerning the… Read More

“And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.” (Genesis 1:15) If I view the firmament as an environment of grace I will see that God has filled it with light. The lights are far and near, big and little, and bright and dim. Some lights are self-contained in their source and some reflect the light of others. But… Read More

The faith of the natural man, the unregenerate man, is reasonable, logical, and often very influential (Matthew 7:21-23); but the faith of the Christian is a gift of God, a miracle, and is always the producer of a radical change in those who possess it. A man cannot possibly possess saving faith whose thinking and attitude has not been radically changed concerning God and righteousness, man and sin, Christ and grace (2nd Corinthians 5:14-17)…. Read More

“And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.” (Job 19:26) God’s children DO see Him and WILL see Him. He whom we see is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father.” (John 14:9) When our Lord appeared to Thomas after His resurrection, Thomas said, “my Lord and my God.” By FAITH we see Him… Read More

“That being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:7) —————————— We have several great and blessed realities embodied in this one verse of the Bible–the address of the elder pastor to his junior in the ministry–the earnest and the affectionate exhortation–the brotherly conference (if I may so term it) between the elder Paul and Titus his own son in the faith…. Read More

Getting “The cart before the horse” is such a vivid picture of the backwards way of trying to do things. It just simply won’t work. Yet the wisdom of man is always trying in vain to deliver the goods in just that fashion. We’ve been told that the way to build our children’s self esteem is by telling them how wonderful they are (even when they’re bad), making them feel like winners… Read More

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made is free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5:1) I have felt so much of the spirit of legal bondage since I could call Jesus my Lord and my God, that I declare in the presence of God, I would not go through it again for a thousand worlds. Paul knew what it was to be made… Read More

“Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.” (Matthew 26:75) There has been much written and said of Peter’s failure and sin when he denied that he knew the Lord Jesus Christ, but not much of Peter’s conviction and repentance that was granted and given of the LORD. Peter sinned, but he did not lose… Read More

“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” (Hebrews 2:9) “But we see Jesus.” How do we see Him? Not by dreams and visions or by the visualization of movies or pictures. Every believer sees the Lord Jesus Christ as Abraham did, by faith, “Abraham rejoiced to… Read More

“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1st John 1:7) To walk in the light, let us see what it is. When a truth has been once revealed to you by the Holy Ghost, you are never again in the dark on that point; that is, you… Read More

“He took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them and blessed them.” (Mark 10:16) This was by no means a mere Jewish ritual or symbolic of a blessing bestowed. No! The Lord Jesus Christ, the LORD of Glory “blessed them,” and they were blessed; and no man could reverse it. It would have been rewarding to follow these children unto adulthood and watch as the blessings were revealed. These… Read More

The people who made their home in Egypt, after they were scattered from the tower of Babel, were some of the sons of Ham. One of his sons, was Canaan. But another of his sons was called Mizraim, and it was from this son that the Egyptians came. The first we hear about Egypt in the Bible is when Abram came there, because there was a famine in the Land of Canaan…. Read More

Preached at Brixton Tabernacle, June, 1889 – By Charles Cornwall “The mystery of the faith.” (1st Timothy 3:9) In this chapter, the apostle Paul states what kind of a man a Bishop ought to be; yea, he tells us the sort of man a Bishop must be, he must be blameless, vigilant and sober: he must be of good behaviour, given to hospitality and apt to teach: he must not be greedy… Read More

“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” (Romans 14:17) The Kingdom of God and the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ; salvation that is accomplished by Christ and given totally by the free grace of Christ has nothing to do with what you eat and drink; has nothing to do with your morality, clean living and observing certain days. We… Read More

“And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for He is an holy God; He is a jealous God; He will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.” (Joshua 24:19) God the Spirit here reveals the impossibility of any one, by the mere changing of the mind and determination of the natural will, forsaking their false god and serving the true and living God, or of God forgiving our… Read More

Sermon preached by brother H. Patterson, at Providence Chapel, West Norwood, August 8th, 1935. “The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him.” (Nahum 1:7) This verse is one of the many legacies that God has left for His poor people’s comfort whilst they are passing through this vale of tears. It is one of those verses that is only for… Read More

The Death of The Lord Jesus Christ is a subject of never-failing interest to all who study prayerfully the scripture of truth. This is so, not only because the believer’s all both for time and eternity depends upon it, but also, because of its transcendent uniqueness. Four words appear to sum up the salient features of this mystery of mysteries: the death of Christ was natural, unnatural, preternatural, and supernatural. A few… Read More

“Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest.” (Hebrews 4:11) Seems to be a contradiction in terms, labour to rest; but in reality it is not. Let us eagerly strive and earnestly pursue to count all our works as “dung and filthy rags” and to “cease from our own works,” cease from trusting ourselves, cease from going about to establish our own righteousness (Romans 10:3-4) and to rest, relax and trust… Read More

“I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes are not waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot.” (Deuteronomy 29:5) This miracle wrought by God for the children of Israel as they journeyed through the wilderness represents a far greater miracle of grace. The Forty Years The forty years in the wilderness represents the believer’s life in this world. Their Ageless Clothes Their… Read More

“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” (Psalm 116:15) This is one of those Psalms that ought to be required reading. We need to read it very often.David didn’t find these words in a “church” prayer book. He didn’t find these words in a “church” creed or catechism or even a confession of faith. He didn’t find these words in a book of systematic theology. These… Read More

“The word of the LORD that came unto Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel. The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great… Read More

“And the LORD said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go. Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight… Read More

“For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” (Leviticus 17:11) Leviticus chapter 17 contains the very heart of the gospel. This is a Scripture that ought to be marked and studied. It declares the means and way of salvation; “For the… Read More

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) This is one of the most often quoted Scriptures and nearly as often misunderstood as quoted. We would not take away any comfort that the believer can derive from a proper understanding of this Scripture, but we would make sure that it is properly understood lest… Read More

“That they may do evil with both hands earnestly…” (Micah 7:3) How this describes our condition before we met the Master, or rather He met us! Out of the heart are the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23) and how our terrible deeds showed forth the awful blackness of our depraved hearts. Not only were both hands employed, but this was done earnestly and with horrible success. How this truth magnifies the free,… Read More

“And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together. And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, my father: and he said, here am I, my son. And he said, behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And… Read More

“I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God.” (Romans 15:17) Paul was very careful throughout his ministry not to glory, boast or brag in the flesh (Philippians 3:7-9). He taught others not to do this and certainly he would not glory in himself; not in his religious heritage, nor in his attainments or gifts, nor in his labours and success in the ministry but… Read More

“Then the priest shall consider: and, behold, if leprosy have covered all his flesh, he shall pronounce him clean that hath the plague: it is all turned white: he is clean.” (Leviticus 13:13) Our LORD saves only complete sinners. No one can come to Christ with one little bit of his own supposed righteousness to claim. The plague of leprosy is a picture of the plague of sin, which infects every fiber… Read More

“Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses,… Read More

“Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord.” (Romans 12:11) If this admonition were not necessary for us, He would not have given it. The word business is diligence. Do not become lazy in the effort you give in serving the Lord. Be fervent, white hot, boiling over in spirit, serving the Lord. To become slothful in our diligence and zeal can easily happen to any of us because of… Read More

“And he brought the bullock for the sin offering: and Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon the head of the bullock for the sin offering. Snd he slew it; and Moses took the blood, and put it upon the horns of the altar round about with his finger, and purified the altar.” (Leviticus 8:14-15) It is the blood of Jesus Christ that appropriates justification for the chosen guilty sinner before… Read More

“The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear My words…” (Jeremiah 18:1-10) The subject of the potter and the clay cannot be considered popular. It is unpopular for two reasons. In the first place, man always resents being called clay. And secondly, he resents the fact that God is called the Potter. How difficult was… Read More

What Christian, who is at all acquainted with the Bible, when he hears of the resurrection of the dead, does not at once think of that mighty resurrection song that is the contents of the fifteenth chapter of first Corinthians? Not, indeed, as if that chapter were the only Scriptural passage that speaks of the resurrection: there are many others. Often the Lord makes mention of it. More than once He foretold… Read More

“Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.” (Psalm 24:7-8) Picture yourself a grand and joyful procession of the thousands of Israel. Leading the procession are members of the house of Levi, bearing the Ark of the Covenant of Jehovah. With… Read More

“A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1) When the Lord Himself “was reviled, He reviled not again.” We need to learn this well. When someone lashes out at you, don’t lash back. It never accomplishes anything and only worsens the situation. In the heat of conflict much is said that is not meant and is later regretted. If only we could bite our tongues. Someone once… Read More

“Every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.” (Leviticus 2:13) Every minute detail, both in substance and service in the ceremonial law ordained by God for the nation of Israel in the Old Testament, points to and is a picture of our… Read More

“Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.” (Philippians 3:8) Rejoice in the LORD! Serve God in the spirit, through the Spirit; glory in Christ Jesus only and trust not in the flesh. And oppose all who would deprive… Read More

 “Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished.” (Joel 1:11) Here we are at verse eleven and God has re-emphasized over and over throughout this chapter in various ways; each a bit different statement but nonetheless teaching the same truth.  When we search out other commentaries on the first chapter of Joel we find most prominently that they are teaching an historic event only; one that has long since… Read More

“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ… Read More

“But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and, sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said: it is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for, I am not better than my fathers.” (1st Kings 19:4) From Carmel to the juniper tree! From the glorious, heights of a victorious faith down into the lugubrious depths of utter despondency! Out… Read More

Preached by Mr J.H. Gosden at Rehoboth Chapel, Swindon, on Thursday evening, 1st October, 1959. “I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.” (Hosea 14:5) The solemn condition in which Israel was, as described in the previous chapter, is very humbling and shaming and hopeless, apart from the power of divine grace. The LORD said that when Ephraim spake… Read More

Preached by brother Frank L. Gosden at Galeed Chapel, Brighton, Sunday morning, 25th August, 1968. “And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that Thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me. And God granted him that which he requested.” (1st Chronicles 4:10) This is one of… Read More

“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth and length and depth and height, and to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.”(Ephesians 3:17-19) If it would please the LORD to open the treasures of grace in the Person… Read More

Preached by brother J. K. Popham at Galeed Chapel, Brighton, on Wednesday evening, 31st August, 1932. “Consider the work of God: for who can make straight, that which He hath made crooked? In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.” (Ecclesiastes 7:13-14) The dependence of God’s… Read More

“Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.” (Isaiah 40:1) The chief instrument employed by God in the comforting of His mourners is His Holy Word. Listen to the confession of the Psalmist, “This is my comfort in my affliction; for Your word has quickened me,” (Psalm 119:50). The same continuing conflict is experienced by all the people of God, and to them the consolations of the Spirit with the comforts… Read More

False preachers today have made a beggar of the LORD of Lords. No, my proud religionist, you are the beggar. God is not obligated to do anything but damn you to the eternal praise of His justice. If you keep listening to the wrong voices, your end shall be with those before you of whom Christ said, “I am come in my Father’s name and ye receive me not, let another come… Read More

“And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.” (Exodus 33:19) The message of the Bible (Christ and Him crucified) may be unfamiliar to the ears of those who do not hear Christ preached consistently, and do not… Read More

Preached by brother John Raven at Shaw’s Corner, Redhill, 8th February, 1948. “The LORD is with you, while ye be with Him; and if ye seek Him, He will be found of you; but if ye forsake Him, he will forsake you.” (2nd Chronicles 15:2) When we consider our appalling state by nature, our alienation from God, and the fact that we are the enemies of God by wicked works, that we… Read More

Preached by brother John Raven at Shaw’s Corner, Redhill, 3rd December, 1950. “And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren; and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, O that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it… Read More

Preached by John Raven at Shaw’s Corner, Redhill, December 29th, 1946. “Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Sheh, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, Hitherto hath the LORD helped us.”(1st Samuel 7:12) There are times when it is particularly seasonable and right to have remembrance of the LORD’s dealings in the past. Just as when you are on a journey you may on your way… Read More

We fell in the first Adam through no fault of our own, we rise in the second Adam through no merit of our own, so we rise in the same manner as we fell, only in a different person. It is by the Free Grace of God that we are taken back into His favour. I wish we could understand that just as we were condemned in Adam and came under the… Read More

“The more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.” (Exodus 1:12) As Satan and the world is no match for God, neither is sin and Satan a victor over the children of God. “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerers through him that loved us.” (Romans 8:37) The more the child of God is afflicted, the more… Read More

The sixth plague of God upon Egypt was the plague of boils and blains. Moses took the ashes of the furnace and sprinkled them toward heaven in the sight of Pharaoh and it became a small dust that covered all the land of Egypt. As the dust spread over the land all that it touched was covered with boils and blains. The furnace, out of which these ashes were taken, was a… Read More

Genesis 26:18 And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham: and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them. Genesis 26:19 And Isaac’s servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of springing water. Genesis 26:20 And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac’s herdmen,… Read More

Exodus 10:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh: for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants, that I might shew these my signs before him: Exodus 10:2 And that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son’s son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I… Read More

Exodus 9:1 Then the LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh, and tell him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. Exodus 9:2 For if thou refuse to let them go, and wilt hold them still, Exodus 9:3 Behold, the hand of the LORD is upon thy cattle which is in the field, upon the horses, upon the asses, upon the… Read More

Genesis 41:39 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art: Genesis 41:40 Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou. Genesis 41:41 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt…. Read More

“And the LORD said unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch out thy rod, and smite the dust of the land, that it may become lice throughout all tye land of Egypt. And they did so; for Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod, and smote the dust of the earth, and it became lice in man, and in beast; all the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land… Read More

“This heap be witness, and this pillar be witness, that I will not pass over this heap to thee, and that thou shalt not pass over this heap and this pillar unto me, for harm.” (Genesis 31:52) As a picture of false religion and seeing Jacob leaving with all that he thought to be his own, Laban pursued Jacob into a mountain. There before confronting his son-in-law, God came to him in… Read More

Your attitude and personality in the house of the LORD and around believers is no indication at all of the presence of grace and faith in your soul. But rather your attitude and personality in your own house and toward your own family reveal your true self. 1st Timothy 5:8 says, “But if any provide not for his own and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith and is worse… Read More

“In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.” (Isaiah 63:9) Who is the angel of God’s presence spoken of here in this verse quoted? It is none other than the same person who speaks in verse 1 of this same chapter; “I that speak… Read More

“If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted?”(Genesis 4:7) Cain laid out on his altar the best he could of himself produce. He offered these things in pride fully expecting God’s favor and blessing. The LORD not only did not accept his offering but had no respect to it whatsoever. Figuratively speaking, he spit on his sacrifice. Cain reacted by being wroth. This word means to blaze up and flush the… Read More

“And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt: And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh thst sitteth upon the throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts.”(Exodus 11:4-5) The mysteries of Egypt’s plagues can only be understood in the light of God’s… Read More

“Return unto thy rest, O my soul, for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.”(Psalm 116:7) The words of the text at the head of our remarks, are peculiarly applicable to the case of a soul delivered from a state of trials, temptations and bondage. Although in our foregoing remarks we have alluded to the first entrance of quickened souls into gospel rest, the idea of returning to one’s rest certainly implies… Read More

“And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.” (Exodus 40:35) The glory of the Tabernacle was the manifest presence of God. This cloud of glory is the same pillar of cloud that appeared to Israel and led them out of Egypt and across the Red Sea. But now it appeared in a different… Read More

“He will be very gracious unto thee; at the voice of thy cry, when he shall hear it, he will answer thee.” (Isaiah 30:19) Mark, my soul, what is here said in this sweet scripture. Thy God, thy Saviour, thy Jesus, knows thy voice, hears thy cry and will assuredly answer. He will not only be gracious, but very gracious. He waits to be gracious; waits the most suited time, the best… Read More

“Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midiam: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. And the Angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not… Read More

Dear Brother Beebe: – In a former letter I requested your views on the Sabbath: I wish to urge you to comply with that request, not alone for my sake, but it is the earnest wish of many brethren. Not for speculation, but alone for the truth’s sake. We want to know why the change was made from Saturday to Sunday; and, by whom it was made and for what purpose? If… Read More

This entire chapter of 28 verses is given over to the story of God’s servant, Daniel’s experience regarding the den of lions. Verse 1 through verse 28 is all about Daniel and the lion’s den. Why do you suppose so much of the scripture is devoted to this experience of Daniel and the lion’s den? It could be told in three verses. Daniel offended the king, and the king cast Daniel into… Read More

Preached in Gower Street Chapel, London, on Lord’s Day Morning, May 9th, 1841 – By William Gadsby —————————— “Sanctified in Christ Jesus.” (1st Corinthians 1:2) —————————— No doubt there are some poor, hobbling souls who are terrified almost to death about the doctrine of sanctification. They read, in the book of God’s Word, of the Spirit as a Sanctifier; but they are necessarily obliged to exclaim, “LORD, I am vile!” Sometimes we… Read More